THIERRY LINCOU became World No.1 for the first time January 2004 to confirm his status as the most successful French squash player of all-time and has continued to assert himself as a major force on the international squash circuit.
Victory in the Dayton Open in the USA in January 2008 brought his career PSA World Tour title tally to 19 - and when the 32-year-old from Marseille followed this a month later by reaching the Oregon Open climax in Portland, Thierry celebrated his 36th appearance in a Tour final!
It was after a sensational run in 2003, when he reached the semi-finals in nine successive PSA World Tour events and went on to contest five finals, that Lincou first topped the world rankings.
Despite keeping his first world No1 ranking for only the first two months of 2004, Lincou went on to capture four major titles: the Super Series Finals in London, the Hong Kong Open, and the Canadian Classic in Toronto (beating home hero Jonathon Power in the final).
Seeded to reach the World Open final in Qatar in December, Lincou did just that – but went one better by beating top seed Lee Beachill to become world champion for the first time.
This success led to Lincou returning to the top of the PSA rankings in January 2005 – a position he held throughout the year!
Lincou won the Canary Wharf Classic title in February, upsetting favourite Anthony Ricketts in the final – but, perhaps more significantly, ending a ten-year run of defeats by Peter Nicol by beating the Englishman he called his 'role model' in the semi-finals!
Later he clinched the English Open crown in Sheffield after defeating compatriot Gregory Gaultier in the first all-French PSA Tour final outside France.
He reached his first British Open final in September - doing so by ending Palmer's two-year reign as champion in the semi-finals.
2007 saw Lincou contest the first ever all-French British Open final - his second successive appearance in the climax - where he finished as runner-up to Gaultier.
After winning the Dayton Open at the beginning of 2008, the formidable Frenchman went on to better his seeding in a number of events - including semifinal berths in the Kuwait Open and British Open as sixth seed and successive upsets over rising star Ramy Ashour to claim places in the last four of the Qatar Classic and Hong Kong Open.
But the tables were turned in the first two Tour events of 2009 where Ashour avenged his 2008 defeats by beating Thierry in the quarter-finals of the Tournament of Champions and North American Open.
Back home, he triumphed in the final of the 2009 French National championships - beating rival Gaultier in the final - to lift the trophy for a remarkable 11th time!
In January, Thierry was appointed an Olympic Athlete Ambassador to spearhead Squash’s bid to join the Olympic Games programme in 2016.
Away from the squash court, Thierry took time out in July 2006 to marry longtime partner Celine, mother of his daughter Jade - and, in July the following year, the couple celebrated the birth of their second daughter Paolo.

Country: France
Date of birth: 2nd April 1976
Place of birth: Reunion Island
Place of residence: Marseille, France
Marital status: Married
Highest World ranking: 1 (January 2004)
World Tour titles: 19
World Tour finals: 36